St Mawes, Cornwall to Portloe, Cornwall
- miles 190 - 192
- The Falmouth ferry takes you to St Mawes. To cross over to Place you need
another ferry - in summer there are regular sailings from St Mawes to Place.
As it is 8 miles to walk round to Place, it is probably worth the cost of
a phone call to F&B Boats on 01 209 214901 to arrange a ferry of your
- The manor house at Place is imposing and occupies the position of a 13th
century monastry. Behind the church the path climbs up along the edges of
fields to St Anthony's Head with its lighthouse and old gun battery. On a
clear day you get wonderful views from here.
- miles 192 - 194
- You then drop gently down for a mile to the sea at Porthbeor Beach. There
is then Porthmellin Head, owned by the National Trust, to round, and bring
you into Towan Beach still National Trust, and a sandy bathing beach.
- miles 194 - 196
- The next two miles is along low cliffs with views over the village of Portscatho,
which you reach at the end of this section on the walk. Portscatho is an old
fishing village that has been relatively untouched by mass tourism
- miles 196 - 198
- Another half mile takes you to Porthcurnick Beach, then out past a coast
guard hut to the point. Rounding the point, the path drops down to Porthbean
Beach, after which it climbs steeply to get to Creek Stephen Point from where
it follows the cliffs for a mile
- miles 198 - 200
- The path has to divert slightly inland to get round the hotel , rejoins
the coast a few hundred yards further on, before dropping down to the sea
at Pendower Beach.
- If the tide is out walk along the beach to pick the path up at the far end.
Otherwise take the inland path to the same spot.
- There is now a fairly strenuous section as, in the space of the next mile
you climb up to the cliff tops, drop down at Penarin Point, then climb the
330 foot high Nare Head.
- From the head there are extensive panoramic views up and down the coast
- miles 200 - 202
- The two miles from Hnare Head to Portloe is mainly on National Trust land.
There are two steep climbs on the way as the path skirts Kiberick Cove and
Parc Gargloose Cove to reach Portloe. The hamlet of Portloe is quite charming,
and comprises of just a pub, a hotel, a post office cum general store
and a few houses
- Off shore is Gull Rock - home to not just gulls, but a whole variety of
seabirds like cormorants, kittiwakes,,guillemots as well as types of gulls.Given
the history of the coast, it would be surprising if there had not been wrecks
on Gull Rock - the 2000 sailing ship Herra went down here in 1914
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